Hawaiian Airlines to add no-frills basic economy tickets in 2019

Add Hawaiian Airlines to the growing list of airlines adding basic economy fares, cheaper tickets with several restrictions.

The Honolulu-based carrier said it plans to introduce “main cabin basic” fares in the second half of 2019.

“This will offer our guests greater choice and let them choose the main cabin product of which they value,” Brent Overbeek, the airline’s senior vice president of revenue management and network planning, said during the airline’s investor day in New York in in mid-December.

The airline said travelers who buy its basic economy tickets won’t get advance seat assignments, will board the plane last and will not be allowed to make changes to their flights. That is in line with most airlines’ basic economy restrictions.

Hawaiian said travelers will be allowed to bring a standard carry on bag. United Airlines does not allow basic economy passengers to bring a carry on bag. They are only allowed to bring a personal item that fits under the seat. Other bags have to be checked.

American Airlines lifted its restriction on carry on bags for basic economy passengers in September.

Hawaiian’s move comes as Southwest Airlines prepares to start service between California and Hawaii in early 2019. Hawaiian current flies from several gateway cities in the U.S., Asia and Australia, plus a network of inter-island routes. 

More: Hawaiian ready to compete with Southwest in Hawaii, CEO says 

JetBlue Airways has already announced plans to join the basic economy club in 2019, and Alaska Airlines recently added basic economy fares, called saver fares, in select markets.

More: Hawaiian Airlines new Boston-Honolulu flight will be longest domestic flight 

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